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100 Goals for 2014

03 Jan

Happy New Year everyone!

The beginning of the year, specifically January 1st, is one of my  favourite times of year.  Every year on New Years Day, Raylene and I sit down and write  a list of 100 goals for the upcoming year.  We spend all day together just hanging out and dreaming about what the next year has in store for us.  I love this time spent with my wife (and now my son) and how it brings us closer together by joining us in a common purpose.  This time is so important because, as my best friend and mentor Claude Hamilton says, if you don’t have a goal, you will hit it with amazing accuracy.

The goals we make are about anything and everything; levels we want to achieve in our business, levels we want to help other people achieve in their business, trips we want to take, trips we want to send people on, things we want to buy, things we want to buy for other people.  Some of my favourite goals we have hit in the past haven’t been for our benefit, but for the benefit of others.  I remember setting a goal to take my Mom and Dad to New York to See a Yankees game and then being able to make that goal a reality.  They both had huge permanent smiles that were on their faces for days!  If Raylene and I hadn’t sat down on New Years day that year, who knows if we ever would have been able to create those amazing memories with my parents.

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Basically, there are only three simple things we do on January 1st to start our year off in the right direction;

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1) Write

Your goals have to be written down.  Sitting down and just thinking of a bunch of cool stuff you would like to do, see and have is not enough.  You aren’t committed to those things.  You become committed to your goals when you commit them to paper.  You become even more committed when you do this with your spouse because they can keep you accountable.  If you don’t hit a goal that you were just thinking about, its no big deal really.  But if you don’t hit a goal that you had written down and posted somewhere that you could see it all the time, it will burn within you.  You will be motivated to stretch yourself and do whatever it takes to hit that goal because it is staring you in the face.

2) 100

Why 100 goals?  Why not 25? 50?  The first time Raylene and I sat down to write out 100 goals we thought it was going to be easy.  We thought wrong.  By goal 60-something we were stuck.  Both of us had a very difficult time coming up with more goals.  We write down 100 goals because that in itself is a goal.  We are stretching ourself to find our motivation.  When we sit down every year the first goals are easy to come up with, its hard to write as fast as we can say them.  But there comes a point every year when we begin to slow down and really have to think hard about what our next goal should be.  And often, those are the goals that are most meaningful to us and push us the hardest.  Going beyond 100 goals is a bonus, but I really encourage you to stick with it until you have written down 100.

3) Goals vs. Resolutions

The reason I am talking about setting goals here and not setting resolutions is simple.  One of the number one resolutions every year is “lose weight” or “get in shape” or something along those lines.  That is why gym membership sales skyrocket in December and January. The problem is, “getting in shape” is not specific at all, it’s very hard to see progress so people become disheartened and quit.  If however they set a GOAL to “lose 10 pounds”, they could gradually see themselves progressing to their goal.  They could see that they’ve lost .5 pounds one week and 1 pound the next.  These things are measurable and will therefore keep them motivated to continue until they have reached success.  The same things is true for anything, not just losing weight.  You could set a resolution to “read more” but what does that really mean?  How can you know if you are reading more if you aren’t measuring anything.  Instead, set a GOAL to “read 30 books this year” or “read one book per month”.  Those goals are measurable and you can’t easily keep yourself accountable to them.

It is never too late to sit down with your spouse and start your list of 100 goals.  It might work better for you to write lists separately until you hit your plateau then combine your efforts to come up with the rest.  Whatever you do, I really urge you to come up with a list of 100 goals for 2014 and see how many you can accomplish.  You may not get everything done this year, or even the next, Raylene and I have had to put goals on our list 2 and 3 years in a row before we hit them.  The timeframe in which you hit them is not the most important thing, it is that fact that you commit and re-commit yourself to chasing after them until you reach success.

Have an awesome New Year!

God Bless,

Wayne

 

 

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42 Responses to 100 Goals for 2014

  1. chad waters

    January 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Wayne!

    Great idea and pointers to help with the next year! Appreciate ya!
    God Bless

     
  2. Michele Lewis

    January 3, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    Great post Wayne, it is a great reminder to us to think outside of the box of setting Resolutions or of just jotting down the first 10-20 things that come to mind. John and I have tried to do the same each year. We are still working to get those last ones to come to 100 for 2014. Thank you for your vision. It is the job of a leader to cast a vision and you and Raylene do a tremendous job of that.

     
  3. kim ansty

    January 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I have to admit that in the past I have kept my goals in my mind instead of on paper and I found it so easy to forget them. I like the idea of the 100 goal written plan. Excellent post and suggestion. Thanks wayne.

     
  4. Ann

    January 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Looking forward to this new goal of setting goals and writing them down. We started this year with a new moon and a clean slate. I have already started writing my list. Challenge yourself to do it too!

     
  5. Rick & Lindsay McGuire

    January 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    HELLO WAYNE..

    EVERY THING YOU TALK ABOUT IS SO MUCH THE TRUTH..

    I LOVE HOW YOU LEAD PEOPLE BY DOING WHAT YOU SAY. AN EVERY ONE CAN SEE IT LOUD AND CLEAR…

    LINDSAY AN I AGREE THAT THERE IS NO OTHER COUPLE THAT WE COULD LOVE AN RESPECT MORE…….

    PLEASE KEEP LEADING ALL OF US TO OUR DREAMS BY EXAMPLE..

    2014 WILL BE A YEAR FOR ALL OF TO REMEMBER..

    LOVE AN RESPECT

    RICK AN LINDSAY MCGUIRE

     
  6. Colleen

    January 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Perfect timing for me on this Wayne. Thank you. I have been telling myself to get on my 100 goals list ‘this week’. I needed the reminder and the reasoning. Now to begin!

     
  7. Patrick Clowater

    January 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Wayne, this is an amazing article that you have written. I remember the first time I wrote my 100 goal list several years ago. I think I got to around 20 and then I was stumped. I had no idea how to think BIG and kept my list to “realistic” items. Then my friend Claude suggested I read “The Magic of Thinking Big”, and from that point on I decided to place no limits on my goals and dreams for the future. Thanks to you and Raylene many of goals have been achieved and many more will be achieved in 2014!!! Thank you my friend! God Bless

     
  8. David Smale

    January 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    Great post Wayne. Its not easy to think of 100 goals. But like you said when you start thinking of other people and goals, it does become more fun and meaningful

     
  9. Carrianne Hall

    January 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Great Blog Wayne. Setting and writing down a “100 Goals List” has hugely impacted us and our team this year! Great Vision and helps to keep you on track to a successful new year! All the best in 2014!

     
  10. Aage Smies

    January 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Well said Wayne. One of the things that I respect most about you and Raylene is that you not only promote writing down the 100 goal list but that you’re completely honest with people about it being a challenging process just to put pen to paper for 100 things and that you had to work really hard in the beginning just like we do. Kathleen and I have adopted this same process as a way to get a fresh look at the future and i’ll admit it takes several days still for me to complete my list and in itself becomes a goal to achieve. We are sold out to following you lead and that of the Hamilton’s. I feel great things will come from 2014, thanks for being a friend, business partner, coach and mentor.

     
  11. Matt Carter

    January 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Wayne. If it wasn’t for yours and Raylenes example, Melissa and I wouldn’t be where we are today. It’s very true what you say about writing your goals down. We have tried both and it always works better when you write them down!

     
  12. Wade Hamblin

    January 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Thanks for sharing Wayne! I have heard you speak of the January 1st ritual you and Raylene have. This was the first time I’ve heard the three great points layed out in the blog! So imporant. God Bless 2014 my friend!

     
  13. Fraser

    January 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Wayne,

    This is definitely something I need to adopt. Love the blog bro.

     
  14. Lisa

    January 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks Wayne! You always have such great words of wisdom and methods to help us to improve ourselves.

     
  15. Rick Britton

    January 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Awesome blog Wayne! You are so right! Enough talking the talk and write your goals in stone and start walking the walk! You are such a great leader for you lead by example and your results show! I look forward to your next blog as i apply this awesome techniques in my life!

     
  16. Scott Staley

    January 3, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Great blog Wayne. I love the simple way that you break down the difference between a goal and a resolution. I love going through mine (last years) to see how many I’ve Crossed off. Although I missed a bunch of them – we certainly got closer than where we started from!

    Thanks for leading from the front!

     
  17. Kody Ellis

    January 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Amazing blog post Wayne!
    I love reading these on a weekly basis. Amanda and I did the same thing this year where we say down together and wrote out 100 goals. By about 60 something we were stuck as well. Stretching yourself to think outside the realm of belief is difficult, but rewarding at the same time.

    Looking forward to next weeks blog.

    Kody Ellis

     
  18. Krista Debus

    January 3, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Awesome blog Wayne! Cannot wait to see what 2014 has in store. It’s'so true. To have your goals written out they really do stare you in the face. I also like how Claude says “what flicks your bic?”. Thank you for your leadership and the reminder to take time for something so important!

     
  19. Peter and Helena

    January 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Great article Wayne.Its amazing how fast 12 months just rushes by but with a list of goals to strive for and a mentor they can be productive months giving you a sense of satisfaction at the end of the year. We didn’t come close to hitting all our goals but we have a fresh resolve to do what we need to do to accomplish them. 2014 will be an awesome year!! Thanks for leading the way and for posting these great blogs for us to learn from. Luv u guys.
    God Bless,
    Peter and Helena

     
  20. Aaron Knelsen

    January 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    Hey Wayne,

    Thanks for the post. I agree with you and Claude the we need a goal or target to shoot for. 100 goals list is something i think everyone should do no doubt about it! Thanks again for your expertise.

    God Bless

     
  21. Dave Begley

    January 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I used to sit and think about the year ahead until you mentioned yours and Raylene’s ritual . This year I was able to stretch and actually come up with 100 which your right is not as easy as you think . Thanks for setting the pace and the heartbeat of leadership in 2014 . Deb and I are grateful to call you and Raylene friends

    God Bless Dave

     
  22. Linda Sovey

    January 3, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I enjoyed reading your blog Wayne. I missed you at the training session but I hope to make it to the January’s seminar. We are so blessed to have you and Raylene in our lives. The difference you have made to my family members is remarkable. You both are wonderful role models for all of our young people to look up to.
    I look forward to seeing your blogs.
    Take care oxoxox always Linda

     
  23. Joseph Keller

    January 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Loved the blog Wayne and it’s so true we are so blown away by all the ones we have been able to knock off our list since starting to put them down and have already started on this years new list. 2013 was a year that we will never forget from trips to paradise and now wanting to send more on them to. To the beauty of sharing so much with so many all starting just from writing them down so that we not only see them but chase them and get them.
    Look out 2014 it’s time to Kick Ass and knock off a hole bunch of dreams and goals so lets all get those pens flowing. You are a giant and a true dream weaver thank you for you proven that dreams really can come true.

     
  24. John Lewis

    January 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks Wayne for reminding all of us to think bigger than we normally think. You and Raylene have demonstrated how important it is to explode our vision and expect amazing things this year. I am excited for all the great things that are happening! Thanks for sharing.

     
  25. Rhys Plant

    January 3, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Great post! I love making this yearly list. This is the 3rd year Nat and I have done this and it is more exciting every time. I really enjoy seeing how our lists have evolved with each consecutive year, it’s very exciting!

     
  26. Jamie Jewer

    January 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    What a great post. This is definitely something I struggle with. Like Pat above, I tend to be too realistic and have to work to stretch myself past that. I guess it’s time to read The Magic of Thinking Big again!

     
  27. Matt Mielke

    January 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Wayne, outstanding article! I remember hearing you tell your 100 goals story from a stage. I was inspired and challenged at the same time. You have reminded me again the importance of having goal setting as a discipline. Thanks and I’m off to write out my 100 goals for 2014. God bless your new baby and may you and Raylene have a wonderful 2014.

     
  28. Tracey

    January 4, 2014 at 12:28 am

    Yet another great blog Wayne. A fabulous way to start the New Year…with a fresh slate. As you said, the first goals were so easy..the final ones ( which I’m still working on) force us to dream bigger than we may have our own belief for.
    Fortunately for most of us reading this blog, we have the proof in front of us that goal setting makes dreams become reality. You and Raylene, as well as Claude and Lana and the rest of our amazing PC leaders, are so open and honest about what it really takes. That we may not hit these goals right away. That it may take a thousand failures before we achieve true success. And that perseverance and strength will get us there.
    I truly appreciate your courage and tenacity. Your servant hearts. And your unfailing belief in all of us. For that’s the beginning for so many of us. We are blessed to be able to borrow the belief from our uplines until we find our own. Many many thanks.
    God bless!!

    Tracey

     
  29. Eva Knelsen

    January 4, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Hey Wayne,

    What a great blog to start the new year off right! I look forward to following you and Raylene through 2014! Thanks and God bless!!!

     
  30. Sharon Lalor

    January 4, 2014 at 6:03 am

    This is great Wayne, Thank you for laying out a purposeful way to consider our goals for 2014. This way has more focus and specific intent. I love this blog and that it opens our minds to dream and obtain tangible results. I am so excited for 2014. Thanks to you and Raylene my mind is constantly growing and expanding. I am very grateful.

     
  31. PAUL JOHN CHARRON

    January 4, 2014 at 8:08 am

    GREAT MENTORIING BY CLAUDE , HAS SHOWN

    THIS IS WHAT WORKS

    THANKS FOR MENTORING THE OTTAWA

    AREA TEAM-LIFE….IT WORKS.

    PAUL

     
  32. Monique Hoffer

    January 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Well written, great out line of how to get started with the 100 goal list.

     
  33. Stu Hall

    January 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Great post, Wayne. Its awesome to be associated with a leader and business that promotes achievement over mediocrity. Keep up the inspiring blogs!

     
  34. Rose MacDonald

    January 4, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I feel like you wrote that blog just for me! Great points… All of them hit home. Here’s to a New Year!

     
  35. claude Hamilton

    January 4, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Wayne, great post. I have seen you do this many years now and Im always amazed at how many of your 100 goals you hit.
    WAAAAAYYYYYYY more goals then the people who DONT write a list of 100!!!
    Proud of You bud!!!

     
  36. Emily koopmans

    January 4, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Great post wayne and a good reminder of what we need to do and why we do it! Kev and i really appreciate you and raylene and the example you set! Happy new year!

     
  37. George & Lorri Pringle

    January 4, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Thanks Wayne for the for the words of wisdom and you love to help us strive forward. Writing 100 goals is amazing way to set our year. Then doing it separately and finishing together gives it all strenght. Raylene and you are great leaders and set the run for us to go. The best part is your there doing and mentoring us along the run.

     
  38. Kathryn Kunkel

    January 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Great advise Wayne! Can definitely see how writing down a list of goals would help to look forward to the new year ahead. Thanks for being an inspiring example.

     
  39. Alex Nickerson

    January 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Awesome post pal, 2014 is going to be an amazing year

     
  40. William Foster

    January 5, 2014 at 2:15 am

    Yes Wayne never was much on resolutions, couldnt never keep them anyway. I always believed in trying to be the best peson I could be..but it seems it never really helped me to progress up the ladder. So reading your commemts about 100 goals, well maybe I wont hit a lot of them,but, atleast hitting a few of them sounds better than no goals at all..Thanks for the encouragement.Lovef the blog!

     
  41. Moshe Deutsch

    January 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Thanks whynne for sharing this article will give me the extra push to sit down tonight with my wife and make the list of our 100 goals for 2014

     
  42. Phil Wall

    January 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I had to have a little chuckle when you write about writing out 100 goals. Not 25, not 50 but 100. Goals, like you say are meant to be set with stretching you personally in mind. HECK you even have writing the goals as a stretched goal. EXCELLENT!!

     

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